FANDEMIC is Book 5 in Jennifer Estep's Bigtime series.
I was so happy to learn that Jennifer Estep came out with
a new book in this series because I adore it. This
Bigtime series is so deliciously tongue-in-cheek.
city of Bigtime is an unusual city -- there are at least a
dozen or more superheroes and ubervillains running around
town with secret identities. The female protagonist in
FANDEMIC, Piper Perez, is not a superhero, but always
wishes she were one. The title, "Fandemic", refers to what
people call Piper -- a fan of all things superhero with an
almost encyclopedic knowledge of the subject.
One of the things I love about FANDEMIC is that it's
ultimately about a regular person, in a sea of
superheroes, who works to save the day using her
intelligence rather than any super powers. Piper is a
very sympathetic character. Even though she's nursing a
broken heart, Piper hunts down a mysterious ubervillain
who murdered her friend. Piper shows a lot of
courage and loyalty to loved ones in FANDEMIC. She proves
that you don't have to have a spandex suit or special
powers to be a hero.
Although I would say that FANDEMIC is mostly full of
humor, there are some dicey moments that make the heroes
sweat. I enjoyed following Piper as she played detective,
hunting down the elusive ubervillain. I felt as though I
was the detective as well. I also like the friendships
that Piper develops with Wynter and Lulu Lo. The women of
Bigtime are a force to be reckoned with. I think that,
although a lot of people already liked Piper, she earns a
greater respect through her actions in FANDEMIC. The
romance in FANDEMIC is sweet and occasionally brings a
tear to the eye. Piper fights for her relationship as
well as fighting to save her man.
FANDEMIC is a great book if you like a little silly and a
little romance mixed in with your superhero stories. Each
story in Jennifer Estep's Bigtime series is a delight
and made to be devoured in one sitting. I eagerly await
the next book in this clever and incredibly fun series!
Piper Perez has always wanted to be a superhero. Always
wanted to wear a cool costume, have amazing abilities, and
save the day. Thereâ€™s just one problemâ€”Piper doesnâ€™t have
So she focuses on other things. Facts, figures, memorabilia.
Piper knows and collects it all, about both the superheroes
and the ubervillains who roam the streets of Bigtime, N.Y.
Piperâ€™s friends jokingly call her a fandemicâ€”someone who is
a superfan of all things superhero. The nickname is truer
than anyone knows, especially since Piper canâ€™t stop
thinking about Swifte, the speedy hero who broke her heart
But someone has been killing off Bigtimeâ€™s heroes and
villains. When one of Piperâ€™s friends is murdered, she vows
to do whatever she can to help bring the killer to justice,
superpowers or not. All the clues and information she
gathers lead her to believe that Swifte is the killerâ€™s next
target. Piper has always wanted to be a hero, and now sheâ€™ll
have to use all of her fandemic knowledge to save the man
she lovesâ€”or die tryingâ€¦.
Note: Fandemic is around 43,000 words. It is Book 5 in the
Bigtime superhero series.